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 Super Bowl XLI
Feb. 4, 2007
At Miami-74,512
Indianapolis 6 10 6 7-29
Chicago 14 0 3 0-17
Peyton Manning of the Colts added a Super Bowl MVP award to his long list of achievements. The two-time NFL MVP was 25-of-38 for 247 yards and a touchdown pass as he rallied the Colts to a 29-17 victory in the South Florida rain.
Tony Dungy became the first black coach to win the championship, beating good friend and protege Lovie Smith in a game that featured the first two black coaches in the Super Bowl.
Chicago's Devin Hester opened the game with a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the first time a Super Bowl began with a touchdown. Two possessions later Manning connected on a 53-yard pass to Reggie Wayne. Hunter Smith mishandled the snap on the extra point in the steady rain, allowing the Bears to hold a 7-6 lead. The Bears took a 14-6 lead later in the quarter on Muhsin Muhammad's 4-yard touchdown reception.
The Colts scored 10 points in the second quarter, capped by Dominic Rhodes' 1-yard run, for a 16-14 halftime lead.
Indianapolis scored field goals in its first two possessions of the third quarter and put the game away on Kelvin Hayden's 56 interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
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Super Bowl XL
Feb. 5, 2006
At Detroit-68,206
Seattle 3 0 7 0-10
Pittsburgh 0 7 7 7-21
A record-setting run, game-turning interception and trick play, gave the Steelers their record-tying fifth Super Bowl title.
Pittsburgh's Willie Parker broke free for a Super Bowl-record 75 yards on the second play of the second half to give the Steelers a 14-3 lead.
The Steelers had a chance to close out the Seahawks later in the third quarter. On a third-and-6 from the Seahawks' 7-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception that Kelly Herndon returned a Super Bowl-record 76 yards. That set up the Seahawks' only touchdown, a 16-yard pass by Matt Hasselbeck to Jerramy Stevens.
Early in the fourth quarter Seattle drove to the Steelers' 19. Hasselbeck's worst pass of the game was intercepted by Ike Taylor, ending Seattle's drive and saving the Steelers' lead.
The clincher for the Steelers was Antwaan Randle El's 43-yard pass to Hines Ward, the first Super Bowl touchdown pass by a receiver and one of the most decisive trick plays in championship game history.
That catch clinched the MVP trophy for Ward, who had five catches for 123 yards.
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Super Bowl XXXIX
Feb. 6, 2005
At Jacksonville, Fla.-78,125
New England 0 7 7 10-24
Philadelphia 0 7 7 7-21
The New England Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years. It was their ninth straight postseason victory, equaling Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. It was coach Bill Belichick's 10th playoff victory in 11 games, one better than the great Lombardi.
Deion Branch had 11 receptions for 133 yards to win MVP honors and the Patriots' defense forced four turnovers to become the eighth team to win consecutive Super Bowl titles.
The Patriots took a 21-14 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run by Corey Dillon. New England forced a three and out and Branch's 19-yard reception set up Adam Vinatieri's 22-yard field goal with 8:40 to play.
The Eagles pulled within three, on Donovan McNabb's 30-yard pass to Greg Lewis with 1:48 to play.
Philadelphia's final drive started on its own 4, with 46 seconds left. Rodney Harrison ended the Eagle's hopes three plays later, with his second interception of the game.
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Super Bowl XXXVIII
Feb. 1, 2004
At Houston-71,525
Carolina 0 10 0 19-29
New England 0 14 0 18-32
The Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three seasons after Adam Vinatieri kicked a field goal with four seconds left to lift his team to victory.
The teams went a record 26:55 without any points before Tom Brady hit Deion Branch for a 7-0 Patriot lead. The teams combined for 24 points in the final 3:05 of the half after both defenses had been dominant. After a scoreless third quarter, the teams went back and forth, scoring a total of 37 points over the final quarter.
Jake Delhomme and Muhsin Muhammad hooked up for the longest pass in Super Bowl history, an 85-yard touchdown that gave the Panthers a brief 22-21 lead with 6:53 left.
Mike Vrabel, a linebacker playing offense for a play, caught a touchdown to put New England back ahead 29-22 at 2:51. Delhomme's 12-yard pass to Ricky Proehl capped an 80-yard drive to tie the game with 1:08 remaining.
John Kasay's ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, giving the Patriots the ball on their own 40-yard line. Brady, who earned his second MVP award, moved New England to the Carolina 23 in five plays, leaving the game up to one of the best clutch kickers in the game.
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Super Bowl XXXVII
Jan. 26, 2003
At San Diego-67,603
Oakland 3 0 6 12-21
Tampa Bay 3 17 14 14-48
The Tampa Bay defense shut down the Raiders for three quarters in the first matchup of the NFL's best offense against its best defense.
MVP Dexter Jackson had two interceptions, as did Dwight Smith, who returned both of his picks for touchdowns, including a 50-yarder to finish off the scoring with 2 seconds left in the game. Derrick Brooks also returned an interception for a touchdown.
Simeon Rice had two of the Bucs' five sacks as Tampa romped to a 20-3 halftime lead then scored two quick third-quarter touchdowns.
That rendered futile a late comeback by the Raiders that included a touchdown on a blocked punt and 48-yard TD pass from league MVP Rich Gannon to Jerry Rice.
The Tampa Bay offense did its part, too, led by Michael Pittman, who ran for 124 yards on 29 carries.
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Super Bowl XXXVI
Feb. 3, 2002
At New Orleans-72,922
St. Louis 3 0 0 14-17
New England 0 14 3 3-20
Adam Vinatieri's 48-yard field goal as time expired gave the New England Patriots their first Super Bowl title.
The Patriots forced three turnovers to build a 17-3 lead after three quarters. In the middle of the second quarter, Ty Law returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead.
With 1:33 left in the first half, New England's Antwan Harris forced Ricky Proehl to fumble and Terrell Buckley returned the recovery to the St. Louis 40. Four plays later QB Tom Brady hit David Patten with an 8-yard touchdown pass for a 14-3 halftime lead over the two-touchdown favorite Rams.
New England scored another field goal late in the third quarter following Otis Smith's 30-yard interception return to the St. Louis 33.
Kurt Warner's 2-yard sneak with 9:31 left, pulled St. Louis within 17-10. After holding the Patriots, the Rams got the ball back at their own 45 and needed only 21 seconds to tie it on a 26-yard pass from Warner to Proehl with 1:30 left.
New England started the ensuing drive on its own 17. MVP Tom Brady engineered a 53-yard, nine-play drive to the St. Louis 30 to set up Vinatieri's field goal.
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Super Bowl XXXV
Jan. 28, 2001
At Tampa, Fla.-71,921
Baltimore 7 3 14 10-34
N.Y. Giants 0 0 7 0- 7
Baltimore, led by Ray Lewis, intercepted four Kerry Collins passes and held New York to 152 yards of offense. So effective was Baltimore's defense that the New York offense never got inside the Ravens 29.
Baltimore would have had the first shutout in a Super Bowl if the special teams had not allowed Ron Dixon's 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Trent Dilfer's 38-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley and Matt Stover's 47-yard field goal game the ravens a 10-0 halftime lead.
Duane Starks returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown, the first of three TDs on three plays late in the third quarter. The other two were back-to-back kickoff returns by Dixon and Jermaine Lewis of Baltimore, the first time that's happened in a Super Bowl.
Jamal Lewis, who carried 29 times for 102 yards, added a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter and Stover finished the scoring with a 38-yard field goal.
The Ravens became the third wild-card team to win the Super Bowl. The victory gave 75-year-old Art Modell his first Super Bowl victory in 40 years as an owner.
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Super Bowl XXXIV
Jan. 30, 2000
At Atlanta-72,625
St. Louis 3 6 7 7-23
Tennessee 0 0 6 10-16
The St. Louis Rams rediscovered their offensive firepower just in time, and the Tennessee Titans came up just 1 yard short. Kurt Warner's 73-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Bruce with 1 minute, and 54 seconds left, gave the Rams their first Super Bowl with a 23-16 victory.
The Rams drove inside the Titans' 20 with each of their first six possessions, but only manage three field goals and a touchdown for a 16-0 lead.
Tennessee tied the score with two scores by Eddie George and a 43-yard field goal by Al Del Greco with 2:12 left in the game.
On the game's final play with six seconds left, Steve McNair's pass was caught by Kevin Dyson at the Rams 5. He scrambled for the end zone only to be stopped just short by Mike Jones, as Dyson's outstretched arm held the ball toward the goal line in vain.
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Super Bowl XXXIII
Jan. 31, 1999
At Miami-74,803
Denver 7 10 0 17-34
Atlanta 3 3 0 13-19
After going 0-3 in Super Bowls in his first 14 seasons, John Elway won for the second straight season. Elway completed 18 of 29 passes for 336 yards and won his first MVP trophy in five starts, a record for a quarterback.
Denver became the first AFC team to win two straight since Pittsburgh won in 1979 and 1980.
Terrell Davis carried 25 times for 102 yards for his seventh consecutive postseason 100-yard game, breaking an NFL record set by John Riggins. Darrien Gordon intercepted two passes that set up two scores. Howard Griffith had two 1-yard TD runs and Rod Smith caught five passes for 152 yards and an 80-yard touchdown.
The game turned on one of the Falcons' failures with five minutes left in the second quarter. Atlanta moved to the Denver 8, but couldn't convert on third and goal. Then Morten Andersen, one of only two kickers with more than 400 career field goals, missed a 26-yard attempt. On the very next play, Smith raced by Ronnie Bradford and Eugene Robinson and caught the ball in stride for an 80-yard score that made it 17-3.
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Super Bowl XXXII
Jan. 25, 1998
At San Diego-68,912
Green Bay 7 7 3 7-24
Denver 7 10 7 7-31
Terrell Davis rushed for 157 yards and a record three touchdowns to lead the Broncos to their first NFL title and break the NFC's streak of 13 consecutive Super Bowl victories.
Green Bay took the opening kickoff and scored on Brett Favre's 22-yard pass to Antonio Freeman. Denver responded with a 10-play, 58-yard drive capped by Davis' 1-yard run to tie the game.
Two plays later, Tyron Braxton intercepted Favre on the Green Bay 45 and John Elway scored on a third-and-goal eight plays later. Steve Atwater forced Favre to fumble three plays later which resulted in a 51-yard field goal by Jason Elam and 17-7 lead. Green Bay ended the first half with a 17-play, 95-yard drive to close the gap by three.
Ryan Longwell's 27-yard field goal tied the game early in the third. After exchanging punts, Davis scored his second touchdown capping a 13-play, 92-yard drive.
The Packers tied the game early in the fourth quarter on Favre's 13-yard pass to Freeman. Each defense held tight forcing two punts, but the Broncos got great field position following Craig Hentrich's 39-yard punt to the Packers' 49. Darius Holland's 15-yard face-mask penalty after Davis' 2-yard run, moved the ball to the Packers' 32. Davis scored several plays later to give Denver the lead with 1:45 remaining.
The Packers reached the Broncos' 35 with 1:04 left. After a four-yard pass to Dorsey Levens, Favre threw two incomplete passes. On 4th-and-6, John Mobley batted down Favre's pass to Chmura with 32 seconds left.
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Super Bowl XXXI
Jan. 26, 1997
At New Orleans-72,301
New England 14 0 7 0-21
Green Bay 10 17 8 0-35
Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes and ran for one as the Packers won their first Super Bowl in 29 years. The big play was Desmond Howard's 99-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. Howard, the most valuable player, set a Super Bowl record with 244 total return yards.
On the second play from scrimmage, Favre hit Andre Rison with a 54-yard touchdown pass. Following a Doug Evans interception, the Packers went ahead 10-0 just 6:18 into the game. The Patriots came back with two scores in the quarter, Drew Bledsoe passes to Keith Byars and Ben Coates, to take their only lead of the game.
Green Bay scored 56 seconds into the second quarter as Favre hit Antonio Freeman with a Super Bowl record 81-yard touchdown pass. Favre later scored on a 2-yard run to give the Packers a 27-14 halftime lead.
New England closed the gap on Curtis Martin's 18 run late in the third quarter. Howard took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards to break the Patriots' momentum. The Packers defense took over in the fourth quarter, intercepting Bledsoe twice, and preventing the Patriots from passing midfield in four possessions.
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